Hall of Fame inductions planned Nov. 3

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 20, 2012 

After several years of planning, Los Banos High School is ready to induct the first class of its Hall of Fame at a dinner ceremony Nov. 3.

"When I took over, a lot of schools have a hall of fame, and I thought it would be nice to recognize some of the athletes that stood out," LBHS athletic director Joe Barcellos said.

The inaugural class of the hall of fame will include 13 individuals and two teams. The inductees were narrowed down from more than 60 nominations with help from the veterans committee.

Barcellos said the number of inductees was high to kick off the first year, and subsequent classes will be limited to one or two inductees.

Below are the 2012 inductees:

Carlyle Loftin (coach) compiled a 127-39-8 record as the school's football coach, and is the namesake of the current football stadium. He is a member of the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Ben Guintini (class of 1939) was a four-sport athlete at LBHS and played professional baseball for the San Francisco Seals. He was inducted into the Merced County Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.

Randall "Buck" Fawcett (class of 1940) played football and ran track at LBHS and Stanford, and played for the Chicago Bears.

Chuck Martin (class of 1980) was a three-sport athlete who went to Santa Clara University on a full athletic scholarship after playing baseball at Merced College. He played pro ball in the Braves' organization.

Dan Bonillas (class of 1965) was a three-sport athlete who was all-league and all-county in football. He played football at San Jose State and is in the California and National Trap Shooting halls of fame.

Nanci Clement (class of 1985) was a three-time league MVP in softball, and won a section title with the 1985 team. She was named second-team All-Big Ten as part of the Northwestern softball team.

Larry Toscano (class of 1960) was a three-sport athlete who played football and ran track at San Jose State.

Gill Blank (coach) helped start the LB wrestling program in 1972, and won six varsity league championships in a row.

Don Toscano (coach) earned seven football league championships and coached two section championship teams.

Ildo Martins (class of 1992) was a three-sport athlete who was all-league in soccer, football and baseball. He played international soccer with Team USA and played baseball at Kansas Newman.

Gary Caropreso (class of 1967) was a three-sport athlete who played football at Merced College and Fresno State. He returned to LBHS as a coach, winning two section titles before becoming the school's athletic director for 15 years.

Kathy Enea (coach) helmed the school's volleyball team for 28 years, guiding the Tigers to the 1981 section title and seven straight league titles.

Rodney Percoats (class of 1993) was a three-sport athlete who holds the school football record for rushing yards at 3,777. The three-time thousand-yard rusher was named all-district, all-state and all-American in football.

The 1981 volleyball team marked the first section title for any sport at LBHS.

The 1988 football team earned a section championship and finished ranked sixth in the state.

Loftin, Guintini and Fawcett are being inducted posthumously.

Members of the two teams are entitled to a complimentary ticket to the induction dinner. Tickets are $20.

For details or to purchase tickets, call Joe Barcellos at 826-6033 ext. 319, email jbarcellos@losbanosusd.k12.ca.us or visit www.lbsportsboosters.com.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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